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Plastic Surgery + HBOT

One of the most commonly known aspects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is that it is often used to help in the healing process of wounds, including those created by the process of plastic surgery.

A hand is covered in a medical-grade latex glove, and it traces the contours of a woman's face with a pen, outlining where one may choose to get plastic surgery.

No matter if a patient is seeking plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes or medical necessity, HBOT may help the overall healing process, and thus, may also shorten recovery time!

According to information provided by the International Hyperbarics Association (IHA), "The high complication rate of these surgeries is attributable to blood supply disruption resulting in ischemia, necrosis, infection, wound dehiscence and excessive scarring" (International Hyperbarics Association, 2020).

Additionally, the IHA lists these known mechanisms and benefits of utilizing hyperbaric treatments alongside a plastic surgery procedure:

Physiologic Benefits:

  • Quicker healing

  • Less scarring, bruising, infection

Enhances Healing and Recovery:

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Minimizes pain and discomfort

  • Reduces Swelling

Supports Healing at the Cellular Level:

  • Promotes anti-inflammatory proteins

  • Improved angiogenesis enhancing blood flow to tissue

  • Induces fibroblast activation

  • Enhances collagen production

  • Stimulates neovascularization and vasodilation

  • Stimulates bone remodeling

Reduces Risk of Infection:

  • Elevates phagocytosis to above normal levels

  • Enhances microbial activity

  • Increases intracellular leukocytes

A woman in medical scrubs prepares to put a patient in a hyperbaric chamber.

If you'd like to know more about how hyperbarics may help to aid in post-surgery recovery, give us a call at 515-421-4002!

Interested in taking a look at the research yourself? Check out this direct link to research articles on hyperbaric treatments, wound healing, and plastic surgery outcomes.


International Hyperbarics Association. (2020). Plastic Surgery & Hyperbarics [Brochure]. International Hyperbarics Association.

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